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2 weeks ago.
Distant Worlds is an audiovisual celebration of the Final Fantasy universe
I’ll go ahead and admit it up front. Despite my daily log-ins into Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea, I consider myself a lapsed Final Fantasy fan. Almost a decade of Final Fantasy XIII, with its incoherent, disastrous plot and an endless barrage of side titles (I'm looking at you, Type-0) has clouded my positive memories of why Final Fantasy has had such a big impact on my life. Even today I look at the upcoming Final Fantasy XV with a bit…
3 weeks ago.
We check out the Dragon Quest Heroes II Japanese demo
Square Enix recently put up a demo for Dragon Quest Heroes II on the Japanese PlayStation store, so we thought we'd go for a ride. Dragon Quest Heroes II features two new playable protagonists and a slew of new and returning Dragon Quest series characters. Developed by Koei Tecmo, the spinoff series fuses elements of Dynasty Warrior's hack-and-slash gameplay with Dragon Quest's RPG mechanics. New features in this version include the ability to change vocations (such as Mage, Monk, and so…
3 weeks ago.
We spend an hour dispensing justice with the Justice Monsters Five
Justice Monsters Five is a new freemium title now available for iOS and Android smartphones, and we thought we'd take a spin with it. You'll likely remember the title's announcement at Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event earlier this year, but to quickly recap, it's a game that you'll be able to play on your smartphone or in Final Fantasy XV as a mini-game. What I can best describe as a "Pinball meets Arkanoid meets RPG", Justice Monsters Five will let you…
3 weeks ago.
Watch us mess up Final Fantasy XIV's "The Rising" play
Believe it or not, it's been three whole years since Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn began official service. Each year, around this time, a special seasonal event called "The Rising" takes place in the game that celebrates the sacrifices made in the Calamity. The Crystal Caravan, a troupe of traveling playwrights, will tell the tale of the Battle of Carteneau -- where the Eorzean Alliance and Garlean Empire fought below the descending Dalamud. Through pure accident, the Warrior of…
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 15) Aug 22 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fifteenth episode, we talk about the recently-released Final Fantasy XV gameplay footage, more Kingsglaive, and new developments for Final Fantasy XIV. Watch via YouTube or listen via Soundcloud below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm43P8vGIOM …
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 14) Aug 14 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fourteenth episode, the entire show is devoted to recent Final Fantasy XV developments. While we recorded before director Tabata's official announcement, we lend our thoughts into why the delay happened (and why it's a good thing!) We also share our impressions of new Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV…
1 month ago.
An hour with Square Enix's Mobius Final Fantasy
Available on iOS and Android devices this week, Mobius Final Fantasy celebrates its worldwide launch over a year after its Japanese debut. Square Enix luminaries assemble such as producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Naoki Hamaguchi, writer Kazushige Nojima, artists Toshitaka Matsuda and Toshiyuki Itahana, with the soundtrack composed by Mitsuto Suzuki. In the video below we spend over an hour in the game's introductory chapter: https://www.youtube.com/v/BhT7CbPO4AU The game begins by introducing us to our playable protagonist who wakes up in a mysterious land called…
1 month ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 13) July 31 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our thirteenth episode, we discuss our impressions of the latest Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV trailer and its relationship to the upcoming game, I Am Setsuna's North American release and reception, Final Fantasy XIV's new Deep Dungeon content, and the Yo-Kai Watch collaboration event. Watch via YouTube or listen…
2 months ago.
I Am Setsuna's developers' room is cute as heck
I Am Setsuna released this week in North America and Europe, and we played a whole bunch of it. In the process of that we stumbled across the developers' room tucked in a far corner of the world. Here, in some strange parallel universe, the I Am Setsuna staff emerge to greet you, the player. It's something of a tradition in a few classic Square games. Check it out in our video below (which contains no major story spoilers.) I Am Setsuna…
2 months ago.
We dive into FFXIV's new Deep Dungeon: The Palace of the Dead
Debuting in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.35, The Palace of the Dead is a new type of dungeon content that can be attempted solo or a group of up to four players. In the video below, Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine, Tony Garsow, and Looking Forward To It alum Mike Dantoni descend through the first ten floors. Fair warning -- we get a bit silly. What makes this dungeon so different is that it uses an independent leveling system and…
2 months ago.
Revisiting an old friend: Hands-on with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
After years of pestering and pleading, Square Enix finally announced a remastered release for the oft underrated Final Fantasy XII, due out for PlayStation 4 some time next year. I was filled to the brim with excitement; watching the announcement trailer and reading all the noteworthy improvements for the game had me on the edge of my seat - it was finally FFXII's time to shine. This revamped version is based off Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System and includes higher resolution…
3 months ago.
E3 2016: A step forward into Final Fantasy XV
The realm of the possible and impossible seem to grey when you ride the escalator up and enter the doors of E3. Taking a quick glimpse back, all you can see are smiles as fellow gamers slowly make their way up. As I walked through the glass doors strewn with advertisements of games I love, my eyes became fixed on what laid before me. Square Enix’s booth shined bright. Music from Afrojack blared as I moved closer to the game…
4 months ago.
We spend an hour with the Heavenstrike Rivals Steam release
Square Enix and Mediatonic's Heavenstrike Rivals arrived on Steam this week, previously released on iOS and Android smartphone players. It's a free-to-play strategy RPG that features character designs by Ryoma Ito (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift) and music by long-time Square Enix arranger/sound programmer Ryo Yamazaki (Final Fantasy XIV 1.0). In the video below, we play through the game's first hour starting from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=honboZVrt6k The game starts off with you creating your profile,…
4 months ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 8) May 15 2016
In the latest episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It, Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow of Nova Crystallis and Michael Damiani of Easy Allies talk about what games we've been playing lately, chatting up that E3 hype, Sakaguchi and Tabata's recent interview, FINAL FANTASY LIST WARZZZ and more! HEY YOU: We're also taking your topic suggestions for future shows! Let's hear it in the comments below or you can tweet/follow us at @NovaCrystallis! https://youtu.be/ItYK8ck9488…
4 months ago.
We spend an hour with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Square Enix's new smartphone RPG
If you missed it, don't kick yourself. The soft launch of Square Enix and Alim's Final Fantasy Brave Exvius in North America went live late last week for iOS and Android-enabled smartphones. In the video below, we take a spin through the first hour of the game, which includes the introduction and tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbzLvjSYKjQ Final Fantasy Brave Exvius features its own original story, putting you in the combat boots of cheeky, brattish knight Rain. His friend and fellow knight Lasswell is the young…
4 months ago.
Looking Forward To It: Revenge of Days of Future Past
Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow are joined by Michael Damiani of Easy Allies for another episode of Looking Forward To It. In this episode (by relative order of appearance), we chat what games we've been playing lately, Michael's descent back into Final Fantasy XI and Tony messing around with Final Fantasy IX PC and Valkyrie Anatomia. We also chat new details about Final Fantasy XIV's new patch Revenge of the Horde, and weigh our thoughts on the…
4 months ago.
Watch the first hour of Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin
Service for Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin has begun in Japan, and we thought we'd take a spin through the new freemium smartphone RPG on iOS and Android. Watch the first hour below! https://www.youtube.com/v/Oxt-wFOwyuU Valkyrie Anatomia: The Origin is set before the original Valkyrie Profile and stars the same protagonist Lenneth. You'll be able to recruit and collect a wide variety of Einherjar for your party of four, and combat functions quite similarly to the series vernacular. The story is told through a…
5 months ago.
Here's a closer look at Final Fantasy IX's new features on PC
Final Fantasy IX's recent release on iOS and Android came with a multitude of new features, all of which have transposed to the PC version. That includes updated character models (sans unsightly texture seams in the Android version), the ability to use cloud storage for a single save file. Should you get a game over screen during the game's key boss encounters, you'll be able to continue from the title screen shortly before the boss battle commences. In the video below,…
5 months ago.
Looking Forward To It: Uncovered Re-covered
Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow are joined by Michael Damiani of Easy Allies for another episode of Looking Forward To It. This time we're talking solely about Uncovered Final Fantasy XV. We weigh in on the event itself, brand-new gameplay reveals, and the mulitimedia announcements including the Kingsglaive movie and Brotherhood anime. Join us to see what we're looking forward to in Final Fantasy XV! https://www.youtube.com/v/Exo32j7aNec…
5 months ago.
We spend some heart-to-heart time with Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ
Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ is the newest entry into the now fourteen-year old saga that marries Disney and Final Fantasy characters into an original storyline. Out now in North America for both iOS and Android, the game originally started life as a browser-based game in Japan (scheduled to go offline in September 2016). In the video below, we check out the first 30 minutes of the game from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAmT1l49B_E Chronologically, Unchained χ takes place before all others in the series,…